This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 11, 2010 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, WESTERN GREBE, COMMON MURRE, SPOTTED TOWHEE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
The Califon BARNACLE GOOSE continues at the pond section of the Raritan River opposite the Methodist Church through Feb 7. A probable hybrid Barnacle X Canada Goose has been seen in the goose flock there as well. Also in Hunterdon County at Spruce Run Reservoir was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL the same day. An ICELAND GULL was noted at Round Valley Reservoir Feb 8-9 and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were there Feb 7.
One or two female BARROW'S GOLDENEYES continue at Sandy Hook's Horseshoe Cove through at least Feb 5. One of the first-cycle ICELAND GULLS continues this week off SHBO through Feb 11. Also at the hook Feb 5 were WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, SURF SCOTER, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 20 HORNED LARKS, and 30 SNOW BUNTINGS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
The WESTERN GREBE made another appearance off Roosevelt Ave in Deal Feb 8. North Shore reports Feb 7 included the Eurasian GREEN-WINGED TEAL at the third pond of the Lake Takanassee complex, 200 BLACK SCOTERS, 7 COMMON EIDERS, and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL were off Marine Dr in Deal the same day. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted that day at Lake Como, Sylvan Lake, and Deal Lake, an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL at Manasquan Inlet, and a second-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was found along Channel Dr in Point Pleasant Beach. A first-cycle ICELAND GULL and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were noted along Riverside Dr at Shark River Estuary Feb 8. More information on birding some of these areas is available at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx
A birder fishing on a mackerel boat off Belmar 15-20 miles offshore Feb 5 recorded 68 RAZORBILLS, 9 COMMON MURRES, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, 50+ alcid sp., and 2 ICELAND GULLS.
The SPOTTED TOWHEE was seen as recently as Feb 7 at Palmyra Cove, often found near the company of a couple of EASTERN TOWHEES at the "big pit." Also there was a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and 15 FOX SPARROWS.
An adult GLAUCOUS GULL was reported from Raritan Center Feb 7.
Up to 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were viewed along Oberly Rd at Alpha Feb 7-8. Up to 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS were sighted there this week as well.
At Wallkill River NWR Feb 9 a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 2 r were viewed along Oil City Rd.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen behind the athletic fields of Basking Ridge High School Feb 7. Another YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continues at a private residence in Sea Girt.
A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen over the Mill Creek Point section of the NJ Meadowlands Feb 8. Another ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted from the end of Stafford Ave in Manahawkin Feb 5.
A pelagic trip is scheduled for Feb 28 in search of alcids including Razorbill, Dovekie, and Murres, as well as kittiwakes and other good gulls. For more information or to register see http://www.paulagcis.com
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or e-mail sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.